|Posted: August 5, 2006, 4:20 pm - IP Logged|
Players of the state lottery in Arizona who adopted 9 as their lucky number have been anything but lucky. The lottery's new "Pick 3" game used a computer program to draw three single digits at random. But due to some slipshod programming, the lottery ran for more than 30 draws before red-faced officials noticed that 9 was never among the three numbers. "We realised they hadn't programmed it in," says Serena Stapp, a lottery spokeswoman.
As a result, 27 per cent of customers had no chance of winning the jackpot. They will be refunded—if they still have their tickets. Meanwhile, the lottery has switched to drawing balls.
From issue 2141 of New Scientist magazine, 04 July 1998, page 23